Pirates Are Consumers Too


HADOPI, the French agency that disconnects French Internet users for alleged copyright infrigement conducted a study on media purchasing habits earlier this year. It concluded that the biggest unauthorized downloaders are also the biggest customers for legitimate media. That is to say, pirates are also heavy legal consumers.

This isn’t exactly groundbreaking news. Every other report conducted on the same subject has come to the same conclusion. HADOPI has been attempting to downplay its findings but Joe Karaganis from SSRC reformatted the results to make them clear.

Cue new, reasoned thinking from the copyright police?

Don’t hold your breath.

Another Day, Another Study That Says ‘Pirates’ Are The Best Customers… This Time From HADOPI (TechDirt)